DeMarcus Ware isn’t known for being an outspoken leader. But he said he does try to lead by voice and by action – it’s just not always seen.
“What you guys don’t see is me taking a leadership role on defense for the rookies, for the older guys,” the All-Pro outside linebacker said to reporters l after the Cowboys finished their last minicamp practice. “And also, lead by example. Sometimes you have to check some guys and put them in place. That’s what I do. That’s what a lot of other guys on the team have been doing.”
Ware, in his eighth year since the Cowboys made him a first-round pick out of Troy and one of the best defensive players in the NFL, said he knows his place in the locker room hierarchy. It is a responsibility to provide an example, he said.
“Guys come in, and they look up to you,” he said. “They look up to how you play the game. And you have to set that example. But also let them know so they know where they stand in the whole scheme of things.”
Ware said the Cowboys built a lot of camaraderie during the offseason, which featured only one missing player, cornerback Mike Jenkins. The intensity of the practices is part of what forged mutual respect.
“Brandon Carr, Claiborne, a lot of the younger linebackers – defensively, it’s a battle out there,” he said. “You can see those guys and the tenacity that they bring. It’s going to be good.”
The Cowboys begin training camp on July 30 in Oxnard, Calif.
-- Carlos Mendez